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  • A Magical Week at Casa Java

    "My husband and I and three friends just returned from a week stay at Casa Java. It was an incredibly memorable experience. The house is definitely special and even the best photos can never do it justice since there is so much character and history that you must be present to appreciate. The property is incredibly well taken care of - at any given time there are a handful of staff ensuring that everything is in order. Luxury is in the details, of which there are many - from little cabana nooks throughout the house, to the ranchos where you can practice yoga or the massage cabanas with views through the trees of the ocean and the sounds of the ocean to lull you into total relaxation. There are iguanas and beautiful birds roaming around and the short little path from the house to the beach is dripping in gorgeous light through the trees that transforms the way throughout the day and night. I highly recommend having Chef Ana for meals - hers were our favorite on the trip, especially for lunch. She's very talented, packs her food with tons of flavor, and a pleasure to have around. Venecio, the bartender makes some of the best cocktails we've ever had - hands down the best pina colada you'll ever have. I also highly recommend hiring him on days when you plan to stay at the house and bounce back and forth between the pool and the ocean. Lauren, the concierge is fantastic. She knows how to guide you towards the best possible experience for your group and constantly went above and beyond to ensure that we had the best stay possible. Santa Teresa is remote in the best possible way and the mood around town and on the beach is pure pura vida - you can't help but relax and enjoy - it's contagious. We felt like we were in the movie The Beach most of the time - it's just a magical place. I could go on and on. Thank you Carlota for your hospitality!! We hope to return again someday soon."
    Guest: nicolep Date of Stay: February 2016 Review Submitted: February 22, 2016
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  • awesome place to renew our wedding vows

    "Thirty years ago my wife and I went to Negril for our honeymoon. We wanted to renew our vows on the same beach we started our life together.This trip included 7 of us with our 3 children, a daughter in law and my mother. The set up was ideal for us. We each had our own room and bathroom and a patio where we could gather. Our ceremony was perfect. Our children took turns with our vows while Grace Ann took pictures and kept the champagne cold. That was followed by a lobster and chicken feast prepared by Tony. The best meal we had in Negril. The staff all went beyond doing their jobs and became new friends as the week went on. Pauline kept the place spotless. My wife and I usually do AI vacations but we had such a great time I think our next vacation will be back to the Gatehouse just the 2 of us."
    Guest: Ivan Y. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: March 30, 2016
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  • Relaxing pura vida vacation

    "We spent three nights at this condo and it was exactly like it was advertised and how the pictures showed it. The location was perfect. There was a small pool just steps outside of the patio. However this pool was not as clean as it should have been. I don't think the filter was being run often. This ended up being no problem for us because the much bigger and nicer pool at the club house was fantastic. We spent most of our time there. It is only a 5 minute walk from the condo but if you want to drive it has parking there as well. The condo itself was comfortable and well appointed. The bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable. The second bedroom also was a good size. Most everything you need for your stay is there including very nice beach towels, but don't forget your own shampoo and soap. We did have one problem with the TV on our second night but we call the management group and they were there to fix the problem in less than 10 minutes. The owner was also very responsive to any of our questions and if fact because she did not have a renter the day before our arrival so she offered and we accepted an earlier arrival time. This was very much appreciated. There are a number of restaurants at the Marina area, we ate at the Asian restaurant and found it to be excellent. We would definitely rent this condo again. Pura Vida"
    Guest: Thomas S. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 5, 2016
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  • Very quiet, affordable and pleasant stay

    "Spent 6 nights at the Boquete River Inn, very comfortable and spacious cabins. A couple of beautiful rest stops with benches along the perimeter trail to enjoy morning coffee or just sit and enjoy the views. Close enough for walking to the highway to catch the bus into either Boquete or David, with bus stops right at the entrance in both directions. Close enough to Boquete to walk back if you like to walk (downhill all the way and usually wind at your back). Ken (the owner) is a very pleasant fellow and often offers a ride into town if your travel times coincide with his. Don't miss the hike into the canyon. Stayed in Cabin #4 at the end of the road with a great view of Volcan Baru. Warm, clean pool."
    Guest: Gordo Date of Stay: February 2016 Review Submitted: March 11, 2016
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